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Removing Stuck-on Labels


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A stuck on label on a to-go coffee cup.Some of the labels on products are so glued on and difficult to remove because all surfaces are different. Some are painted, which I think this coffee mug to go is painted, as it's stainless steel with a dark baked on glaze or something. I've had this to-go coffee mug that I've not even used because of the big patch of glue on the side of it. Nothing I'd tried worked in removing that label's glue. And I mean I tried soaking it in hot water, applying all kinds of things on it - being very careful not to use anything that would remove the coloring on the outside, yet that's as far as I'd gotten with it, being left with that large gluey patch.

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Well, this morning, I tried something different, and it worked, after all this time of not being able to get the label glue off and not using that to-go-mug.

I took 2 paper towels, folded them up, got them wet, not dripping, just saturated with water as I figured even the hottest water from the sink still isn't as hot as the microwave can make wet paper towels, and I put that "paper towel pad" into the microwave until it was too hot to touch (I used gloves), then I placed it on top of the gluey spot and held it firmly. I first applied butter on the "glue patch" on the mug, then the HOT wet paper towels pad.

I was shocked actually that it worked that great, as I'd really tried and read how to remove labels but nothing worked. The glue got gummy enough for me to then take a dry paper towel and wipe most of it off. I did have to do that a few times in putting the wet paper towel pad I'd made into the microwave about 3-4 times for a minute each time, and it took me less than 5 minutes to totally get that label glue off that mug!

I mean it's off, finally! That to-go-mug has been sitting in the cupboard for months, because I gave up on it, and my husband uses his, which still has a patch of glue on the side of it. He didn't mind it, I did though, haha! Now when he gets back home, I'm going to take care of his gluey spot too.

Removing a stuck label from a to-go coffee cup.
 
A clean to-go coffee cup with no stuck on label.
 
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December 10, 20170 found this helpful

It was probably the grease in the butter that did it. I take off those gummy labels with baby oil or WD-40. Just apply it liberally to the gum and let it sit overnight. Then you can usually just wipe it off with paper towels.

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December 10, 20170 found this helpful

I spray those with cooking spray and let them set a while. Goo-Gone works, and sometimes I'll use an old white eraser to rub off the last bits of residue.

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December 10, 20170 found this helpful

Peanut butter is my "go-to". This is good to know!!

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December 10, 20170 found this helpful

I have used WD40 and it comes right off. Will have to wash the cup, mug or glass with hot soapy water afterward but it works

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December 10, 20170 found this helpful

I have found if you soak the item in water, prior to pulling off the sticker the paper and the glue comes off as one piece. I normally let a sticker sit in water for a good 4-6 hours before trying.

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Sometimes, I get lucky and the sticker will start floating.

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December 10, 20170 found this helpful

WD-40 works every time.

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December 11, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you all for the great suggestions. I actually tried soaking that cup in hot hot water, and I oiled it good trying baby oil, and olive oil, all to no avail.

I'd read about WD-40 being used on certain metals that are painted, and a few folks out there (on the internet) said when they used it on their car for instance, and it worked, but they just had to re-polish/wax their car where the WD-40 was applied as it made a dull spot on their car.

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It was only because of that, that I didn't try the WD-40 on these To-Go-Mugs by Thermos, as I was a tad concerned about that part, being that the mugs are stainless and then they're painted black with some kind of a baked on paint and was afraid of a 'dull spot' coming about if I used it.

I've never spent 50 bucks for 2 (To-Go-Coffee Mugs) which was the reason that kept me concerned about messing the cups up with anything but being extremely gentle.

I'd posted this "label removal" technique only because I was so surprised by the heat that I was able to obtain in the wet paper towels pad, which along with butter on that gluey label, created such a gooey gummy "lift" that it made it pretty easy to get that label off those To-Go-Mugs painted surface without worry about making any kind of an after spot.

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I honestly don't know if the WD-40 would have worked, it might of, and then it "might" have made a lighter spot on that particular
paint - but, overall, this technique worked without any worry.

I will use the WD-40 for labels that are stuck to no end on glass though.

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